like a ton of bricks
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- (simile, colloquial) Very strongly; very heavily; often unexpectedly.
1884 Feb. 2, Punch, page 52:
- The Defendant then came down on me like a ton of bricks, as my eye will prove.
2000, United States Senate, The Boomers are Coming: The Challenge of Family Caregiving : Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, Monroe, LA, October 11, 1999, ISBN 0160604451, page 34:
- Senator Breaux: Did you see this coming on gradually, or did it hit you all of a sudden like a ton of bricks?